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Kafue National Park

Size and Landscape

The Kafue is Zambia’s largest and the oldest National Park covering an area approximately 22,480km2 accounting 33% of the country’s national parks system. The Kafue is also among the world’s largest and oldest parks established in 1950. Because of its vast wilderness area that remains underdeveloped, the park is also known as “the Wilderness Adventure Park”

The park is situated on a plateau country in central western Zambia making it conveniently located for itineraries from the Victoria Falls, the administrative capital of Lusaka and the Copperbelt.

What to See and Do

Kafue National Park provides great opportunities for a wide variety of tourist adventure activities such as day and night game viewing done on open 4 x 4 safari vehicles or by boat, walking safaris, bird watching, sunset boat cruises on the Kafue and lake Itezhi-tezhi, Canoeing, fishing, camping and picnic break fast on the islands and rocky outcrops with breath taking views.

Tours can also be made under special arrangements with the local tour operators for interested visitors to the park to visit the nearby villages, traditional ceremonies, traditional fishing, community projects, heritage sites and gem stone mines.

The park has the greatest diversity of animal species of any protected area in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. About 80% of all mammalian species naturally occurring in Zambia are well represented here, albeit in small densities. Large mammals in this park include Elephant, Eland, Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Wildebeest and several other medium and pigmy antelopes. Among the carnivores found in the park are Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Jackal and Wild dog.

The Busanga Plains are renowned for huge prides of black mane tree climbing lions and large herds of herbivores, including the Red Lechwe, which can only be seen in the Kafue in Zambia.
The park is one of Zambia’s Important Birding Areas having the highest diversity of bird species, where a total of 491 of the 749 species recorded in Zambia, can be observed including the Chaplin’s Barbet, which is Zambia’s only endemic species and the near-endemic Black-cheeked Lovebird. Further more the periphery of the park also endowed with a number of historical sites, including national monuments, limestone caves, hot springs and old (disused) copper mines all of which are recognized as national heritage sites.

The Kafue National Park offers unsurpassed eco-tourism prospects in southern Africa because of its pristine wilderness, diversity of wildlife and the geological, historical and cultural vitality of the area.

How to get there

The Park can either be accessed by road or by air. Road access is by tarred Lusaka-Mongu road that traverses the mid section of the Park form east to west. The Park can however, also be accessed from Livingstone/Victoria Falls through Kalomo town and via Dundumwezi gate on the southern boundary

The park is open to visitors from June to November. However, some lodges remain open through out the year and use of 4 wheel drive vehicles is highly recommended.

Where to Stay

Visitor accommodation facilities include safari lodges, bush camps and campsites.

Specific information about the type of lodges and facilities available can be obtained from individual tour operators conducting business in the Park or through Kafue National Park (KNP) Promotions, a private tourism company involved in promoting tourism and development activities in and around the KNP.

The lodges in KNP include: Nanzhila Plains, Musungwa & New Kalala in the south, Kaingu, Puku Pan, Mukambi, Lufupa, Kapinga Shumba and Mayukuyuku camping site, Hippo lodge, McBride’s camp and a group of lodges and bush camps run by Wilderness safaris.

The individual contact details can be accessed via internet by searching website.